Posts Tagged ‘direct action’

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This episode features Harley McDonald-Eckersall and Dilan Fernando who were a part of the recent Dominion Animal Liberation disruption that occurred in Melbourne. There were also other actions around Australia.

They discuss this action and the importance of disruption as a tactic in the animal liberation movement and beyond. You can read an article from Harley and Dilan defending this action against criticism, published on our blog. You can also watch the documentary Dominion here.

We also discuss the March to Close All Slaughterhouses Melbourne, which took place just a couple of days before the Dominion disruption. You can read our recap of the march here.

For more on activist tactics and the importance of disruption in protest more generally, check out This is an Uprising; Gene Sharp’s work – text, Youtube; and feminist writer Naomi Wolf on “fake protest”. We played some of this talk and discussed it all the way back on our 27th episode.

For more from all of us on animal activism, check out our radio show and podcast Freedom of Species!

Clips:

Anti-Flag ‘Wake Up’, A little bit of Harley’s talk from the March to Close All Slaughterhouses Melbourne, SoleMy Veganism’.

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Photo from an anti-live export rally in Perth – an example of the nationalistic focus of the campaign.

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In light of the recent industry-imposed live export (very partial) ban, this episode features the talk ‘An Anarchist Analysis of the Campaign Against Live Animal Export’ by Jess Ison and Nick. In this talk, we critique the campaign based on anarchist, anti-racist and animal liberation perspectives. This talk was recorded at the 2018 Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair and you can see links to all of the sources referred to in the description of the talk on archive.org – you can also hear the full talk including a section from Lara Drew at that link.

For more on connections between animal liberation and anarchism, check out episode 202 and you can also hear about the Fast for Freedom mentioned in the talk on episode 192 and listen to episode 131 for more on mental health and animal advocacy.

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Clips:

AJJNow that I’m at the top of my game’; Talk ‘An Anarchist Analysis of the Campaign Against Live Animal Export’ by Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick; Anti-FlagRacists’.

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Prank by The Chaser in response to Alan Jones advocating for horse racing advertising on the Sydney Opera House. Pic from The Chaser FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thechaser/

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We cover the recent protests against horse racing advertising on the Sydney Opera House, including one where Charles Firth from the Chaser projected the phone number of Alan Jones, who was advocating for the advertising, on the Opera House.

On the episode Katie also responds to a flyer from the Liberal party plus we discuss the show Hunt For The Trump Tapes, the Labor party introducing neoliberalism to Australia and Kesha’s live show in Melbourne.

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Clips:

Charles Firth from the Chaser on Studio 10 with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Aqua ‘Doctor Jones’, KeshaLearn To Let Go’.

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This episode features a talk from clinical neuropsychologist Dr Ash Nayate on why ignoring concern for other animals harms people’s mental health. Thanks to Kate from Freedom of Species for this recording – you can listen to Katie and others on Freedom of Species discussing their veganism and the vegan movement at the Spring Vegan Festival at the Meat Market.

Dr Ash’s talk was recorded at the Melbourne March for the End of Speciesism. You can listen to audio of this entire event here and you can also watch videos of the individual speakers: Belinda Morris, Pam Ahern and Lizzie.

We also discuss direct action during the Melbourne Cup for refugees and animals, plus a blockade of Border Force. Keep up with WACA on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on actions like this.

We also discuss World Vegan Day Melbourne, Rally for Regal Monarch (a horse who was killed during The Melbourne Cup horse race), intersectionality and animal advocacy (drawing on Maneesha Deckha’s article ‘Disturbing Images: Peta and the Feminist Ethics of Animal Advocacy’ – see page 49 specifically), Nick’s short-lived fishing career and Katie confronting some dickheads.

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Clips:

Song from the Melbourne March to End Speciesism, Talk from clinical neuropsychologist Dr Ash Nayate: video of the talk, Arj BarkerMelbourne Cup’, AbolicionWilhem’s Horse’.

Nick refers to this book in his talk that is featured on this episode.

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This episode features Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk is from the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the show notes for episode 179 for links to listen to all of the talks from this conference. Thanks to Adam from VeganSci for helping out with the recordings this year!

We start off the episode by discussing civil liberties concerns about new counter-terrorism laws in Australia. Also covered throughout the episode is: the SBS show ‘Sex, War, Robots’; join us at the Animal Activists Forum; and updates on episode 173, which covered the Grenfell Tower fire, economic inequality under neoliberalism and the labelling of terrorism.

For more information on the topic of “eco-terrorism”, see the links in Nick’s PowerPoint above and we also recommend our interview with Will Potter from episode 98.

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Clips:

Jamaica Plain ‘I Wish I Knew’, Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”, LowkeyTerrorist’, If A Tree Falls documentary, Lowkey ft. Mai Khalil ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’.

*This quote is from US Senator David Hinkins who said new laws were needed to stop “terrorists” such as “the vegetarian people” who “are trying to kill the animal industry”.

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Protest against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. Image from @ConservationWA on Twitter.

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On this episode we cover a wide range of topics. We discuss protests against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. We also use this example to have a broader discussion on militant activism, direct action and a diversity of tactics. For more on this topic, check out Josh Harper’s talk ‘Reinventing Direct Action: Alternatives to Theatrical Militancy’.

We also discuss Edward Snowden; the documentary Citizen Four; the movie Snowden; Obama’s failings on surveillance, whistleblowers and other issues; and the Signal app and PureVPN for secure communication. For more on the issue of privacy and surveillance, check out John Twelve Hawks’s website and book Spark.

Other stuff covered throughout the episode is: the GetUp petition encouraging the government to ‘abandon the crude automated system that is cruelly and incorrectly accusing people of false Centrelink debts’, the article ‘New Expenses Algorithm Just Assumes All Government Ministers Are Misusing Entitlements’, Trump and Russia, taking your money out of the filthy banks, involuntary mindfulness, and Katie misunderstanding punk and hardcore lyrics.

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Clips:

ChumbawambaFine Society’, Shaggy ‘It Wasn’t Me’, True BloodAmy True on AkalaThe Fall’, Anti-FlagGot the Numbers’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on Roe 8 and direct action, here and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Our picture of the #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

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On this episode we give some updates on the #LetThemStay campaign, which calls for refugees to remain in Australia rather than being forced into offshore detention. We mainly focus on a recent #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Art Centre. We play an interview with Gaye Demanuele on this action (embedded below) and Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics (also embedded below) discusses this action, as well as how the Brisbane health care workers refusing to release babies back to the harm of offshore detention are upholding their duty of care.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the statement from the two activists who did the banner drop, defending the effectiveness of the action despite critiques and shitty media coverage, extending the compassion for children to highlight the problems of ALL mandatory detention and offshore processing, similarly extending concern for a dolphin killed for selfies to more widespread animal abuse, the successful campaign to send child abuse survivors to confront Cardinal Pell and we encourage people to like/follow WACA (Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance) on Facebook and Twitter.

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Clips:

Missy HigginsOh Canada’, Interview with Gaye Demanuele, Interview with Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics, Tim MinchinCome Home (Cardinal Pell)’.

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*Quote from our interview with Gaye Demanuele.